RAW CACAO & DATE BLISS BALLS

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I'll get right to it.

These treats a hit. They're sweet, textured, and chocolatey. What more do you need?

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Cacao:

Loaded with antioxidants, is rich in iron, sulfur, copper, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and dietary fiber. It's a natural mood booster and enhances both physical and mental well-being. 

 

Walnuts:

Considered a brain food because of it's good fat, omega-3, vitamin e, and antioxidant properties. Walnuts are also a great source of manganese, copper, biotin, and molybdenum. They support the heart, cognitive function, boosts mood and better sleep! 

 

Coconut:

Known for its high quality fat content, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, coconut products are a great addition to the diet. High in iron, manganese, fiber (shreds), and Lauric acid (antibacterial, antiviral, which supports the immunity). 

 

Dates:

Great source of fiber, b vitamins (especially b3 &6), manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and folic acid. They contain a fair amount of sugar, which is why they're great in healthy desserts, but they also contain a type of soluble fiber that slows down the glucose (sugar) release in the body, thus regulating blood sugar levels. Amazing!

 

Psyllium husk & flaxseeds:

Both provide an excellent source of fiber, especially the psyllium husk which contains 13g of fiber per 1 ounce! Psyllium is high in iron and calcium as well. Read more about flaxseeds here

 

Spices:

Great source of antioxidants, immunity boosters, dietary fiber, calcium and manganese, vitamin b complex, c, k, e, and iron. Cinnamon, allspice, and cloves are a great way to boost the nutrient density of any meal.


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prep time: 5 minutes                   cook time: 5 minutes                            yields: 8-12 treats 

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dates

1/2 cup walnuts

2 tbsp raw cacao ground from nibs or use powder)

2 tbsp coconut shreds

Need:

Food processor

Coating:

You can roll the treats in cacao powder, ground walnuts, or finely ground coconut shreds 

Spices

I've found that I love this spice mixture, but cayenne, nutmeg, & ginger all taste amazing as well. 

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp psyllium husk or ground flax (optional)

pinch of sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cloves

 

Instructions:

Grind preferred coating into a powder. 

Remove seeds from the dates, place in food processor and blend for about 1-2 minutes (pulsing). Add in walnuts, blend until ingredients are evenly ground together. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until they are evening distributed. This may take a few minutes. You can check the consistency with a spatula or spoon, making sure that when pressed the "dough" sticks together. 

Begin to make individual balls: take a spoon to create a uniform amount. Roll each ball in your hand, using your fingers to make the ball even all around. Roll each treat in your coating and place on a baking sheet or plate. This recipe will yield 8-12 individual treats depending on the size of your spoon. 

Place in the refrigerator and enjoy after 20 minutes. The cold coconut oil will help the treat stay together - but, believe me, I've thoroughly enjoyed this treat straight out of the bowl (!). 

 


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Resources:

https://cronometer.com/#foods

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=99

http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/06/walnuts-the-ultimate-brain-food.html

Murray, Michael, N.D. 2005. The Enclyclopedia of Healing Foods. 

http://wellnessmama.com/2072/benefits-of-coconut-oil/